Or the artist may play with the 2-dimensionality of the flat surface, and render a portrait that doesn't seek to emerge from the picture plane.
Another effective way to convey emotion in portrait painting is through the brushstroke.
Delicate, detailed portraits often carry a certain sensitivity and thoughtfulness.
A great example is this colored pencil drawing by Alan Magee, which shows a beautifully detailed portion of a woman's braid, with the rest of her profile fading into a ghostly silhouette.
Another example is this fun and easy Henna Hand Designs Art Project, which shows you how to make a unique self-portrait featuring your hands! The person can be facing straight ahead, depicted in 1/4 turn, captured in profile, or be turned 3/4.
The way that the artist handles the medium will also tell us a lot about the intention behind the work.
For instance, portrait painters can use any style they choose to create their artwork, each having a different effect on the overall tone of the piece.A good portrait is not just a visual representation of a person; it will also reveal something about the essence of the person.What the portrait reveals may not be completely obvious - sometimes it can be cleverly implied through a certain expression or pose, an included object, or the artist's use of color.Compare and contrast the portrait on the left with the one on the right, noting how the different techniques determine the portrait's overall appearance. The point is, they don't all have to look realistic.The style an artist chooses will alter the effect the portrait has on the viewer.Below I've collected a few possibilities of how an artist can handle their paints and pencils when creating a portrait painting.(All of this artwork was done by me.) If you want to paint a portrait, but you're not sure where to begin, consider all of these possibilities about how a portrait can look.A portrait painting or drawing depicts the image of a particular person or animal, or group thereof.The subject of a portrait is usually called a "sitter", because traditionally people would sit in front of the artist to have their portrait painted.Sometimes the person in the portrait can become iconic, representing a wider group of people from a specific period in time, who share something in common.A strong portrait captivates viewers, draws them into the painting, and engages their attention.